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Snowshoeing - Commonwealth Ridge

Commonwealth ridge is a great example of where snowshoes have the advantage over skies! We will venture through the woods and over terrain with rocks. There is no feeling like making your own trail up the mountain. Once we reach the ridge, people will have the choice of either traversing around the ridge on their snowshoes or you can do a very short winter scramble to the top of the ridge.

of course Brazilian meat and hot springs.

A good level of fitness is required as our pace is moderate-fast. Please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event.

Rating: Moderate

Elevation:2500 m
Distance: 8.5 km
Elevation gain: 600 m
Time: 6 hours

Additional Info:


  • Snowshoes
  • Hiking or winter boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ski or hiking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Proper seasonal clothing (dress in layers, toque, gloves, wool socks)
  • Lunch and drinks (no Camelbaks or hydration bladders in winter)
  • Sun glasses/SPF rated lip balm
  • No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!

Snowshoes and hiking poles can be rented at either Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) or UofC Outdoor Center.

We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.

Drive west of Calgary on Highway #1 approximately 60 kilometres. Turn south on highway #40 and drive 50 kilometres. At the intersection of highway #40 and Kananaskis Lakes Trail turn right (west) onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail and drive approximately 2.3 kilometres and turn right again onto highway #742 (the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail). Drive XX kilometers and park on the side of the road.

You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Any idea where we're headed?

    January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just curious, is there any avalanche risk on this route? Just want to be prepared.

      January 11, 2013

    • Trevor B.

      very low risk

      January 11, 2013

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